U.S. Chamber Endorses National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Prep Review

January 17, 2013

The Chamber Joins Effort to Provide Future Teachers with the Training They Need to Be Classroom-Ready upon Graduation

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today endorsed the first-ever review of the quality of teacher preparation provided by more than 1,100 institutions in the United States, a project of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). The report, which will be distributed by U.S. News & World Report in early spring 2013, will highlight the country’s most effective curriculums and use those as models for other programs to improve.

“The U.S. must have the most rigorous K-12 educational system in the world and in order to do so, we have to provide future teachers with the tools they need to do their jobs effectively,” said Margaret Spellings, senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “NCTQ’s effort to shine a light on the best practices around the country—and to use those best practices to help other programs improve, is exactly the kind of common sense approach we need to ensure that future teachers are getting exactly the training they need to be successful leaders in the classroom.”

The Chamber joins education leaders and organizations from all over the country in supporting the project. Seventeen state school chiefs, dozens of school superintendents, and more than fifty education, children, business, and civil rights advocacy groups across 38 states have announced their support of the review. For a full list of endorsements, visit: http://www.nctq.org/p/edschools/support/index.jsp.

“Aspiring teachers need the support of their teacher preparation program to equip them for the classroom so that they graduate ready to prepare children for the jobs of today’s global economy," said Kate Walsh, President of NCTQ. “We are proud that the Chamber has joined a long list of supporters who share our goal of providing teachers with the best preparation in the world."

For more information on NCTQ’s review, please visit:  http://www.nctq.org/p/edschools/home.jsp.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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